GBPUSD – Range-Bound Trading to Continue?

The pound fell to a five-month low against the dollar last week in what may have been a sign of further losses to come.

However, this was followed by a woeful US jobs report on Friday that brought about some broad-based weakness in the dollar and prompted a recovery in the pair.


It has now rallied back to a level which could provide some insight into whether this rally is just a temporary retracement of continuation of the range bound trade that the pair has found itself in since May.

Today, the pair has run into resistance around 1.5320 – 38.2% retracement of the move from 18 September highs to 1 October lows – which roughly coincides with a prior support level.

Just above here we have the 233-day simple moving average which hasn’t necessarily been a reliable level of support and resistance in recent months (tends to be the case in sideways market), but may be so if it is moving back into a downtrend.

Alone this may have not have been too reliable, as we are still in sideways trending market, but the fact that it coincides with the 50 fib level means it could prove to be an important level of resistance.

If price fails at either of these levels it would suggest that the recent rally may just be temporary and be a bearish signal and prompt another test of last week’s support. A break of this would be quite bearish.

A break above these resistance levels, on the other hand, would suggest the pair remains range-bound.

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The above statistics came from OANDA fx Labs.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
Craig Erlam